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The Nosebleeds’ precursor Wild Ram formed around the nucleus of Edmund Garrity and Phillip “Toby” Toman, later of Primal Scream, (where he was known as Tomanov, instead of Toman), who got together informally to play Beatles covers and later heavy metal…

Ed Banger and The Nosebleeds…

On July 20, 1976 fellow Wythenshawe band Slaughter & The Dogs supported the Sex Pistols along with the Buzzcocks at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall. The Sex Pistols were returning to the Hall after a legendary June 4 concert that served as a catalyst for Manchester’s fledgling music scene…

Garrity worked the July 20 gig as a roadie for Slaughter & the Dogs. When the crowd became violent and he and a friend were injured, someone said, “You’re a right bloody mob aren’t you? Headbanger here and him with a nosebleed,” [1] inspiring Wild Ram’s transformation into Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds…

Vini Reilly, later of The Durutti Column played guitar, Garrity (Ed Banger) sang, Tomanov played drums and Peter Crookes played bass…

The newly-christened group changed their image and sound to concord with the punk movement and released the single “I Ain’t Been to No Music School”/”Fascist Pigs” on Rabid Records. It sold 10,000 copies [2] but failed to launch the band to success…

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